Sydney Tastings : Saturdays in France

Join us Saturday mornings in Sydney and discover a myriad of wines from some of the best-known regions in France, and some of the least known! Please ensure you check the locations and times below as we will be rotating between both tasting rooms at Alexandria and Chatswood.  These are free tastings run by our…

Sachsen, Germany

Today we journey to one of the northern-most wine regions on earth, a little-known place which also happens to be the only official wine appellation in the former East German state known in German as Sachsen however you may know it by its translated name, Saxony. This is a cold, isolated wine region, one of the final…

Dão, Portugal

I decided to write this piece after I was given a glass of red wine to try blind by a friend. I picked the wine as Old World from the refreshing acid, though Mediterranean due to the rich fruit aromas, and the rusticity of the wine pointed more to Spain or Italy. The quality of…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 2

Last week in part 1 we covered the all-important history and legislation of the Southern Rhone’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, and how these things shaped the region as we know it. Today I’ll go into the region as it stands in the modern world; its climate, soils and grape varieties in an attempt to piece together what…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 1

With winter in full swing, I thought this week I’d focus on a region known mainly for big, powerful and spicy reds that are just the ticket (alongside an open fire) to ward off the chill. But this isn’t a straightforward region to just blow through; I’ll need 2 weeks to di ti justice. So…

Faro, Italy

What I like about writing this Friday piece every week is that I get to look into wine regions I had no idea existed- regions that grow grape varieties I know so little about; it forces me to dig right into what they are and why they inhabit this tiny, old corner of the wine…

Kamptal, Austria

High up in the mountains in the north east of Austria, about 50km north of its capital Vienna lies a small but mighty wine region called the Kamptal. The region is named for the Kamp, the all-important river that nourishes the region as it travels from the Krems-land Mountains on its way to empty into…

Great Southern, Western Australia

If I was to ask you what the largest wine region in Australia is, what would you think? Maybe the Barossa? The Riverina perhaps? In fact, in the very south-west tip of our wide, brown land we find not only the largest wine region, but the region with more sub-zones than anywhere else in the…

Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône

I was looking through my list of regions I have written about before (this is the 68th piece, thanks for asking), and I realised that I have yet to write anything about one of my favourite regions; the Northern Rhône- criminal! So today I’ll start large, by digging into what makes the largest appellation of…

Constantia, South Africa

Today I’ll be speaking about a region that has been making wine since 1685. Now many of you would automatically think that I’d have to be talking about somewhere in Europe, and indeed the name Constantia does have an old Latin ring to it, however this region was actually one of the first ‘New World’…